Commonwealth Games 2022: Updates on all New Zealand teams and athletes on day nine


Tom Walsh wins gold and Jaco Gill wins silver in the men’s shot put. Video / Sky Sport

All the action from day nine of the Commonwealth Games.

To see a full list of every result from every Kiwi athlete and team, see our full schedule and results.

NZ wins cup bronze

New Zealand won their third bronze of the Commonwealth Games, with Selina Goddard and Caitlin Inch able to challenge for medals in the women’s pairs.

Goddard and Inch defeated the Malaysian duo of Emma Firyana Saroji and Siti Zalina Ahmad 20-15 in their bronze medal match to join the women’s triples and women’s fours to take bronze from the Games.

The Kiwi duo looked set for a comfortable win when they led 11-4 after 10 ends, but the Malaysian pair came back with two fantastic ends to lead 12-11.

But Goddard and Inch battled back to take a 15-12 lead that soon stretched to 18-13. Malaysia didn’t go away quietly, reducing the deficit to three, but the Kiwis closed it down to end New Zealand’s Grass Cup campaign with a third bronze.

Silver ferns smashed

The Silver Ferns’ Commonwealth Games gold drought will continue for at least another four years.

The Ferns were beaten 67-51 by Jamaica in the semi-finals in Birmingham, the third game in a row in which they have failed to reach their ultimate goal.

Although this year’s try fell short of 2018’s lows and the defeat to Malawi, the Ferns could still finish with the same result.

A bronze medal match is expected in which the Ferns will be underdogs against Australia or England and if they finish fourth, as they did in 2018, there will be no complaints after the Kiwi side were uncompetitive in their most important games.

A 10-goal defeat by England in the pool today was followed by their biggest defeat to Jamaica in history – and only their sixth of all time – but it came as no surprise.

By the end of the first quarter, the score was clear, with Jamaica shooting to 18-9 on the back of poor errors, some sloppy passing from the Ferns, and coach Noelin Taurua’s changes had little impact as the lead stretched to 36-22 by halftime .

When New Zealand’s shooters got the ball, they were accurate, hitting 51 of 55 attempts, but Jamaica were dominant, not only scoring more tries than the Ferns, but hitting them all.

Led by Jhaniele Fowler’s superb rebounding of 54/54 and a confident performance from goal attack Shanice Beckford, Jamaica were too good, leading by as many as 22 goals en route to victory.

The high jump is impressive

Kiwi high jumper Keeley O’Hagan produced an impressive performance in her Commonwealth Games final.

O’Hagan came into the competition with the 11th personal best of all jumpers in the competition, but increased his PB by one centimeter to jump 1.89m to finish sixth.

O’Hagan flirted with danger early on, clearing just 1.81m in his third and final attempt, but did the same at 1.89m to record a new mark.

Faced with 1.92m to stay in the competition and equal the New Zealand record set by Tanya Murray in 1991, O’Hagan couldn’t jump to new heights but the 28-year-old could still go proud of her efforts.

Jamaica’s Lamara Distin won gold as the only vaulter to clear 1.95 meters.

Sam Tanner in the 1500m final also set a personal best, beating his previous record of 3:34.72, running 3:31.34 to finish sixth.

In a fast race, Tanner settled to the back but finished strong to pass several fading runners. However, he was too far back to challenge for the medals, with Australia’s Ollie Hoare coming home late to stun 2019 world champion Timothy Cheruiyot by 0.09 seconds. Hoare overtook the Kenyan in the final seconds to win in a Games record time of 3:30:12, with reigning world champion Jake Wightman third.

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